CROP Walks first began in 1947 through the then newly formed Church World Service. The name was an acronym that stood for the Christian Rural Overseas Program. The main focus of the mission was to help farm families in the Midwest share grain with those in need overseas. This month, on the 60th anniversary of CROPs foundation, a new acronym was adopted by Church World Service to more modernly reflect todays mission. CROP now stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. The program now identifies interfaith hunger education and fundraising events both sponsored by Church World Service and organized by 21 regional CWS/CROP offices across the United States.
Its never really been a problem of abundance, explained Mr. Anderson. With more and more billionaires popping up day after day, the ability is out there for societys privileged to help out their less fortunate brethren, he said, who has served as regional director since 1976. In my book there shouldnt be one soup kitchen or food pantry, because theres plenty to go around.
The need to help the underprivileged is one that is ever increasing, said the Rev. Johnson. In Mooers alone, he said, the number of families that are served by food pantries is more and more, year after year. Until there is an even keel system that breaks down financial barriers, allowing everyone to share what they have evenly, Church World Service and the CROP Walk will continue to exist.
And the Rouses Point walk will be no exception.
Walkers and supporters will gather Oct. 7 at the Rouses Point Civic Center, 39 Lake St., beginning at 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to local food pantries in addition to sponsorship money collected.
Those interested in participating in the walk or making a donation may contact the Rev. Johnson at 236-7129 or via e-mail at